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Other Mock Winners

Nina just posted about Kids and Mock Newbery Discussions.  A perfect lead-in for this post, where I’m going to provide as much information as I have found about winners and honor books from other Mock Newberys around the country.  The reason I see Nina’s post as a perfect lead-in is that I always wonder, when […]

Another Perspective On Our Day

Oakland "Heavy Medal" Mock Newbery participant, Emily Jiang, was inspired to get back to blogging after our discussion on Saturday.  If you’re interested in reading more about how the day went, from the standpoint of a participant, do check out her blog post here.  I know she plans on writing more – reviews of the […]

The Results are In!

Yesterday, thirteen people gathered to discuss the eight books on our short list and to crown an Oakland "Heavy Medal" Mock Newbery award to the most distinct of them.  We talked, we debated, we discussed, and in the end we had a clear winner. (Drum roll, please…) The Porcupine Year by Louise Edrich!! The group […]

Kittens Kittens Everywhere!

Getting reading for our discussion on Sunday… I really enjoyed my re-read of both Highway Cats (Janet Taylor Lisle) and The Underneath  (Lathi Appelt) and made a point of re-reading them one after the other. Nina covered The Underneath with a lot of detail over these three posts and she also discussed Highway Cats here. […]

more backlash

With the Mock Newbery coming up on Sunday, I should really be posting about the books, getting deeper into discussion, and preparing for that.  But I’ll admit, I’ve been distracted a little bit by this Bloomberg article. There has been discussion on Read Roger (check the comments)  and Fuse #8 also discusses the article.  I […]

An Unshelved Christmas

Unshelved, my favorite web comic (because it’s hilarious and about libraries), has a cute Newbery related comic today.  So, I thought that it could be my winter holidays present to you.   Happy Winter!

The Ghost of Newbery Past

As we approach the holidays and time off work for many of us, I thought I’d make a less controversial post and stick with something fun!  When Nina and I first started working on the concept of this blog we had some conversation about our personal favorite Newbery winners of the past.  So, I thought […]

Washington Post Article

(I apologize in advance if the formatting of this post makes it a challenge to read.  I’m having software issues that won’t seem to let me change where there is space between paragraphs etc.) I’m sure that most of you have seen the Valerie Strauss Washington Post article titled Plot Twist: The Newbery May Dampen […]

Even More 1953 Newbery

The discussion in the comments of both my post and Nina’s shows that we are not done with this topic.  Maybe not even close. First of all, I really would like to talk more about Mocassin Trail which I still haven’t managed to get my hands on.  But I’ll keep trying.  I really enjoyed reading […]

Secret of the Andes – Part II

I can’t wait to hear what everyone else has to say about the 1953 Newbery Award.  As I talked about in this previous post, over Thanksgiving I read Secret of the Andes and re-read Charlotte’s Web, both with Newbery Criteria in mind, in order to discuss here why Secret of the Andes might have been […]